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Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

4.7 / 5

45 reviews

Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

From US$ 175 per person

Tick another one off your bucket list, and swim with Whale Sharks off the coast of Cancun. Whale sharks can be up to 12 meters long, but don't worry, they're totally harmless. Come up close to the biggest fish in the world... it's unforgettable!

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 7 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Pickup included
Your hotel. If you’re staying in an Airbnb, the local partner will arrange a nearby pickup point.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • See whale sharks with a company that's been around almost a decade
  • Enjoy knowing that you're 100% guaranteed to swim with the biggest fish in the world
  • Go with professional naturalist guides who speak your language
  • Enjoy the feeling of being in a small group of no more than 10 people
  • Look out for dolphins playing and sea turtles swimming
Full description
Experience the adventure of swimming and snorkeling with the whale shark - the biggest fish in the world! This exciting adventure leaves from Cancun daily during the whale shark season (from May to September) and is limited to 10 people per boat, ensuring an intimate experience. It is guided by naturalists or marine biologists. During the tour, you will travel to the seas surrounding Contoy Island and Holbox, where you will have the opportunity to observe and snorkel with whale sharks. Look out for dolphins, mantas, sea turtles, birds, and many other species that play around the Yucatan coast. 7 AM - Pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (06:00 in Playa del Carmen, 05:00 in Tulum). 7:30 AM - Informative briefing at Puerto Juarez (Marina La Amada). Our certified guides will provide you with all the fascinating information needed to become an expert in whale sharks and the area's ecosystems. 8 AM - Depart from Marina La Amada towards the whale shark reserve in the waters surrounding Isla Contoy. Once located, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel with the biggest fish in the world. 12:30 PM - Lunch on the boat just off the coast of Isla Mujeres. Afterwards, cool off with a swim in the clear turquoise waters. 1:30 PM - Arrival at the marina's pier and transfer back to your hotel. 2 PM - Arrival at your hotel in Cancun (15:00 in Playa del Carmen, 14:00 in Tulum).
  • Comfortable transportation (Club Wagon or Suburban with AC)
  • Professional bilingual guide (biologist or naturalist)
  • Lunch and soft beverages
  • Equipment
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Environmental tax and dock use ($10 USD in cash per person payable on the day of your activity)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Pregnant women
  • Children under 5 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Cash
  • Change of clothes

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable clothes such as a long sleeve cotton shirt, long cotton pants and an impermeable jacket.
  • The use of sunscreen is limited in order to protect the whale shark and the water from pollution.
  • It is recommended to take some medication in order to avoid seasickness.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 45 reviews

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The experience was something amazing. Worth every cent. The animals are majestic and to see them in their natural habitat was epic. I went about a week ago and still talk about it to anyone that will listen. Will definitely go again. Tour guides were great. TAKE THE SEA SICKNESS PILL. We had some guests get sea sick and messed up their experience. Thank you Jose for the info. Very knowledgeable guides.

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August 28, 2021

We were told that we were approaching the very last days of the whale sharks being around the snorkeling site. They come by between May and mid September, so we were worried we wouldn’t be able to see any. But we found one whale shark that was swimming around even with a lot of people around. Because there are so many boats trying to get close to the sharks, you need to stay alert and safe. Also the boat ride to the snorkeling site is long and bumpy — we were told to purchase motion sickness pills. They saved our lives! Our guide was Lara and she was really cool and thoughtful throughout the entire excursion. She made sure we got in the water more than once and the boat crew was also very friendly and kind. Thank you Lara!

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September 12, 2019

Unique experience - thanks to GYG!

Thanks to the dedicated GYG partner on site, we were able to meet the first whale sharks in the Caribbean Sea at the end of May 2019. The search was lengthy, but in the end it was more than worth it. The small boat kept in constant contact with other excursion boats which made the search easier. We received a comprehensive introduction and important information on how to deal with the whale sharks. In two groups we went into the water with an experienced diver who swam / snorkeled with us and the whale sharks. It was an incredibly great experience. The animals reacted relaxed and did not let us disturb their food intake. All four groups (8 participants) had the opportunity to accompany the animals under water twice. The note in the description "Take medicines for seasickness" should not be underestimated here. The sea is enormous and the long search drives the boat for a long time in the open sea. Our expectations were fully met!

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June 5, 2019

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